Smoke Stack

Member of the Scotch Beef Club
Smoke Stack
53–55 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ
  • Telephone 0131 556 6032
  • Seasonal times Opens at 10am during the Edinburgh Festival
  • Bar open Licensed till 1 am on Fri and Sat
  • Food served Sun–Thu 10am–10pm; Fri/Sat 10am–11pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Express lunch/pre theatre available till noon–6.30pm; 4pm–5.30pm Sat/Sun. Not available in December
  • Average price £12 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12
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Smoke Stack
Eating & Drinking Guide

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With its urban-vintage loft-style interior, bluesy soundtrack and friendly laidback service, Smoke Stack is a little portion of bustling Brooklyn on busy Broughton Street. Popular with confirmed carnivores who enjoy a nice big slab of quality meat simply cooked, the place serves up char-grilled rump, ribeye, sirloin and fillet steaks, burgers, chicken and fish – as well as salads, sandwiches, smoothies and shakes. Smoke Stack works hard and works well, with a bit of something for everyone, including express lunches, weekend brunches, pre-theatre deals and a good children’s menu. You can also order online or book a lunchtime takeaway using a smartphone app. As a member of the Scotch Beef Club and Sustainable Restaurant Association, the restaurant takes pride in the local sourcing of quality ingredients, particularly the signature 21-day dry-aged beef from the Scottish Borders. With crowd-pleasing starters such as nachos, chilli, calamari, mussels and ribs, and in-demand desserts like cheesecake, brownies and ice-cream sundaes, no one will leave here hungry, especially as the portions are big enough to burst even the bulkiest of bellies.

  • High point: Belly-bursting portions to satisfy the most confirmed carnivore
  • Low point: Squeezing your bursting belly between some of the tables might be difficult
  • Notable dish: Steak! Rump, ribeye, sirloin and fillet, served with a selection of sauces and butters
  • Private dining: Up to 28 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Pop
  • Capacity: 79
  • Largest group: 28
  • Open since: 1996
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle

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5. C S4 Sep 2012, 9:36am4 stars Smoke Stack Report

Newly Refurbished as a New York warehouse style eatery Smoke Stack ticks all the boxes. A group of 4 (including a veggie) all tucked into a burger off the menu and all were great. The double burgers are bigger without being un-finishable which for me is a plus.

Desserts all round were wolfed down in next to no time including the signature banoffee pie. Service was fantastic and always attentive, look forward to going again.

4. Auld Reeker8 Aug 2012, 7:57pm4 stars Smoke Stack Report

I was taken out for my dinner prior to a Frankie Boyle performance at the Playhouse.
Steak dinner and Banoffee Pie were the order of the day - both absolutely divine and exactly as ordered.

Decor within this restaurant is of a stripped down nature/ shabby chic - it works in some ways, but being poked away in the back corner wasn't what we were expecting.

Still, excellent food, drinks and service. What more can I ask for!?

3. sara 2610 Sep 2010, 3:06pm Report

Sunday breakfast awful. Disinterested staff small portion not good

2. Nina25 Aug 2009, 1:28pm4 stars Smoke Stack Report

I had a steak with Pepper Sauce. It was nice, well cooked but the mash that came with it wasn't great at all. A bit disappointing as I didn't think it was a hard thing for a chef to make properly... The desserts were great, especially the warm sticky toffee pudding. Delicious!

1. M21 Aug 2008, 5:01pm3 stars Smoke Stack Report

The Smoke Stack really is a tale of two halves. I've tended to walk on by over the past few years as it does give the impression of being every so slightly run down or dated from the outside.

We were warmly welcomed and show to our table which was a taste of things to come; service was genuine and friendly.

Starters were an absolute delight with the home made leek and potato soup beign the highlight. A hot and rustic home made soup served with fresh crusty bread was a welcome start.

Unfortunatley the main courses didn't live up to the high expectations set by the starters. In particular the prawns served on a bed of salad with sweet chilli sauce just didn't work I'm afraid. The sauce was jsut too heavy for the salad and the addition of olives didn't add anything to the overall taste and put simply didn't work.

On the upside, the portion was very generous with a large number of good sized and well cooked prawns, but the overall combination didn't work. It was a shame, because a change from salad to noodles and pak choi with a lighter sauce would have elevated this dish to where it should be.

Overall the general service was excellent and they did enough to merit a return visit.

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